ERIC Number: EJ829909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
From Command to Constructivism: Canadian Secondary School Physical Education Curriculum and "Teaching Games for Understanding"
Curriculum Inquiry, v39 n2 p321-342 Mar 2009
Canadian physical educators have fought long and hard to be recognized as legitimate contributors to school curricula. In claiming alliances with discourses of medicine and morality, science and psychology, proponents of physical education have sought to be recognized and validated within the educational milieu. These claims have fundamentally influenced physical educators' conceptions of what knowledge is important in physical education, and contributed to a particular regime of "truth" that foregrounds content, performance and notions of "technocratic-rationality." In this article I explore how cultural perspectives from the past have influenced the secondary physical education curricular offerings of today, and then examine how an approach to teaching concepts of team and individual game tactics and strategies, "Teaching Games for Understanding" (TGfU), that relies ontologically and epistemologically upon pedagogically developed constructivist notions of teaching and learning for its existence and its knowledge base may challenge the dominant discourse of technocratic-rationality. In this article a brief overview of significant historical elements affecting curriculum development in physical education will be examined. Two forms of constructivism will be explored, and TGfU as an alternative to traditional curricular and pedagogical approaches to games instruction, offering potentially appealing learning experiences for many students will be examined.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Physical Education, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Curriculum, Physical Education Teachers, Educational Philosophy, Educational History, Athletics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada